He first appeared on 30 July 1993, beating Val Frost 57 – 50 in the 20th heat of Series 26. Bodle would go on to win two more games before being stopped in his fourth by Joe Brown, losing by just one point. However, the three wins were enough to see Bodle return for the series finals as No. 7 seed. After defeating Howard Whiteley (no relation to Richard) and Chris Feetenby in the quarter- and semi-finals respectively, Bodle found himself facing No. 1 seed and hot favourite, the 11-year old Andrew Perry in the Grand Final. Both players put in a high-standard performance, with Bodle offering words such as DIOXANE and PLEURISY. However, Bodle managed to amass a 22-point lead going into the first advert break, and with Perry having a word disallowed in the first letters round after the break, Bodle was able to stretch his lead and eventually run out the 73 – 45 winner and 26th series champion.
Bodle returned for Championship of Champions VII, losing to Damian Eadie in the first round, and also returned for the Supreme Championship, beating Phil Jordan in the first round before losing to John Clarke in the group semi-final.
Bodle has worked as a stand-up comic, newspaper writer and sub-editor for The Guardian and as a TV script writer, and has also written questions for quiz show Only Connect. He was originally from Swindon, but moved to Leeds.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1412||30/07/1993||P||Val Frost||50 - 57||Andy Bodle||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Simon Williams||Susie Dent||72|
|1413||2/08/1993||P||Chris Churchill||38 - 69||Andy Bodle||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Simon Williams||Susie Dent||72|
|1414||3/08/1993||P||Erica Philips||33 - 60||Andy Bodle||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Simon Williams||Susie Dent||75|
|1415||4/08/1993||P||Joe Brown||46 - 45||Andy Bodle||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Simon Williams||Susie Dent||80|
|1452||24/09/1993||QF||Howard Whiteley||37 - 58||Andy Bodle||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Rosalind Ayres||Susie Dent||75|
|1456||30/09/1993||SF||Chris Feetenby||34 - 53||Andy Bodle||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Rosalind Ayres||Susie Dent||81|
|1457||1/10/1993||GF||Andy Bodle||73 - 45||Andrew Perry||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres||Susie Dent||115|
|1588||2/01/1995||CQF||Damian Eadie||47 - 45||Andy Bodle||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Denis Norden||Richard Samson||72|
|1858||14/10/1996||aQF||Andy Bodle||55 - 51||Phil Jordan||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Nigel Rees||Susie Dent||67|
|1860||16/10/1996||aSF||John Clarke||55 - 39||Andy Bodle||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Philip Franks||Susie Dent||73|
- Andy Bodle on the Internet Movie Database.